The Sun Burning Out, or Julia Gingrich

After breakfast today, Julia asked me, “Do you know how long it takes light from the sun to reach the earth?” I said no, slightly ashamed that I didn’t. “Well, guess!” she told me.

“Uhh, one minute.”

“No, more. It’s a surprisingly long time.”

“An hour!”

“Way less.”

“Fifteen minutes.”


“Uhhh, seven and a half minutes.”

“Almost – it’s eight minutes.”

“Wow. That’s a lot longer than I thought!”

“Yeah, me too! But that’s what it is. That means that if the sun burned out, we would have eight minutes to migrate to a new planet. I think it would be fun to leave earth and move to a new planet.”

“Uhhhhh…” I said, thinking that sounded a lot like some craziness that Newt Gingrich would spout.

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